A press conference is set for late Friday morning to announce plans for acquisition of 185 acres of land for a new park in Hannibal.

The City of Hannibal and The Conservation Fund plan to acquire the property on the city’s southern border. Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department officials say the property is of national importance because of a large population of endangered Indiana bats hibernate during the winter in a cave network beneath the surface on that property.

Pending approval by the Hannibal City Council next Tuesday, the city plans to acquire the land, protect the bats and create public access to the property in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Funding comes from the Flanagan South Pipeline Mitigation fund made available by Enbridge Incorporated.